Wednesday, April 9, 2014

{Product Review}: Murad and Bare Minerals 2014 Kit

So lately I've been having some REAL issues with my makeup. It makes me look washed out, and is drying my skin out. I was also having major issues with my skin care products. After getting the right cleansing and repair products that work best with my crazy combination skin (I use Murad products) I set out to find the best makeup. I work with Murad products at my job, so I'm fairly familiar with their lines and j'adore them and use them daily.

this is hands down the BEST facial cream ever. EVER.

For a long time I didn't wear makeup, but makeup can help cover blemishes and accent your own beauty. That's my goal. It brings attention to your countenance (your face), instead of other places. We all know what I mean by that :)

 I have always struggled with finding the right makeup to use. As an brown skinned Northern Belle it can be hard to find products that won't dry out your skin but also provide the right amount of coverage. I also wanted to find a product that would give me coverage without making me look like I had makeup caked onto my face. Any ol' barn looks a little better with a fresh coat of paint on  it! I went through High School feeling sorry for the girls in my class who looked like oompa loompa's (their faces were so caked on with bronzer and foundation that didn't really match). The worst is when you can see a line where the makeup stops and your real skin starts!! It's important to blend!!

I never struggled with Acne. Ever. I was blessed with that. However, I have many dark spots from blemishes (not acne, but little "bumps" that I would irritate and then they would scar over) that I have been trying to get rid of. I have done some chemical peels (and they worked a little bit) but I need to do a few more before I feel the full results of a fresh face. My skin is so sensitive when it comes to scars. The littlest bump, if rubbed or scratched turns into a scar somehow! Not fun. In the meantime, I use a skin brightening cream and serum.

I use the orange Murad cleanser after the Ambi cleanser.
The spray bottle is the skin brightening serum and the julep masque is just amazing when
you need to balance out your skin's pH levels!!

These brighten those dark spots that I have. I normally put it on after washing my face at night underneath my night cream. It actually works, in my opinion.

I go from this:

So that I can look like this!

I have found the BEST thing since jarred pickles. Bare Minerals.

everything here comes in the kit  (along with foundation) image via

When I first saw the commercials about Bare Minerals WAY back in the day I wanted it, but obviously couldn't afford it because I was like 12. I was way to young for make up at that time anyways! Over the years I have used L'oreal and Revlon products and just once I used Covergirl (never again). They worked OK I guess (or so I thought, before trying Bare Minerals).

So I went to the store last week at the Mall of America and waltzed right in, intent on buying the kit. I got the shades customized for my skin shade, and they refreshed me on how it was put on. I was out of there within 15 minutes! It was pretty great, and I am very happy with my purchase.

Now, I know, it isn't cheap. My kit cost about $80, but that includes everything that you see here. If you think about it that way, you are getting a great deal (about $10 per item). I know that the kit retails at $190 (If you are purchasing each item by itself, without the kit) so I wasn't complaining. My favorite part is the Mineral Veil. It gives you a perfect glow! I love it.

It's super easy to apply. You just do it step by step, and less IS more. It can last you a good year if you apply it the right way. I highly recommend this line, and I don't think I can go back to THIS ever again.

So here's how it works!

You start out with either foundation or cove up. I start out with cover up and then the foundation.

that would be the cover up :)

Then I go over that using my foundation and precision brush. 

a little more even now! 

Next it's time for the bronzer to give me that "glow"!

just pour into the lid, swirl the brush in, and tap the excess!
Finally, my favorite part, the mineral veil. It absorbs any excess oil and makes your skin look super flawless. 

same technique: pour, swirl, tap.
And voila!! You're done! I added a little top liner, mascara and brow pencil to tame my brows. Other than that, that's my routine! I rarely use eye shadow. 

and of course, the glasses!

For those who use it, how do you like it? What is your favorite part of the kit? Other comments?

ALSO: If you've been wondering where I've been, I MOVED! AGAIN. This time for School. You can find me in Utah!

it's so gorgeous here. I will NEVER get sick of these mountains! 

Happy Monday!


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